Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Sony Pictures Classic - 2013
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, French
Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi, John Hurt
Written & Directed by:
Jozef Van Wissem, & Squrl
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
August 19, 2014
"Love is eternal"
The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts.
Only lovers left alive
is an intimate, artsy and wry take on the overcrowded vampire genre. It’s slow churned narrative makes for an interesting character study that eschews many of the conventional plot points that tend to find their way into films based upon immortal blood feeders. It moves very slowly, feeling more like a play than a two hour feature film so going in with that in mind is essential to deriving the most from its shallow but wonderfully shaped story.
Its offbeat fly on the wall perspective is enriched by the engaging performances of Hiddleston and Swinton as you are drawn into their world and slowly begin to revel in the unique and somber thematic tone that is thoughtfully designed. It would be safe to say that Only lover’s left alive
isn’t conventional enough for wide spread appeal however if you open up to its differing genre spin and entertaining moodiness it’s well worth its two hour runtime.
The rating is for language and brief nudity.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
Only Lovers Left Alive comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.
- Black Level/Shadow Detail:
- Color Reproduction:
This video presentation offers little in the way of high Gloss, razor sharp imagery but it seems to represent the film’s elements well. When present, primary colors appear satisfying while the film intentionally maintains a limited overall palette that works well against the drab settings featured in the story. Complexions coincide with the film’s chromatic aesthetic with pale but lifelike tonality that varies only slightly among the cast. Resolution is very good although some of the film’s innately softer elements leave some wide angle shots with smoother lines and average delineation. Close ups and mid-level shots are more revealing of the resolvable detail that draws out subtle textures in the people and objects within the frame. Contrast is on the money and blacks are stable but not overly dynamic in appearance. I saw no overt signs of video anomalies or compression related artifacts and thought this appeared to be a high quality encoding.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack had no trouble rendering clear and well-articulated dialogue. This is not a film that requires heavy use of surround sound to deliver its message but it does rely on the entire soundstage for proper atmosphere and low frequency detail from time to time. The mix does a decent job of creating the right sounds at the right levels and placing them appropriately in the sound field’s acoustic environment. Low frequency effects are used to add solidity to sound effects and the film’s music score. I thought the presentation served the source material well and sounded fine.
- (HD) Traveling at night with Jim Jarmusch – A 49 minute behind the scenes look
- (HD) 23 Deleted & extended scenes – 26 minutes
- (HD) Yasmine Hamdan “Hal” music video – 4 minutes
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
Coming from the mind and heart of writer/director Jim Jarmusch, Only lovers left alive
is a thoughtful, artsy and well enacted film that presents an unconventional and ultimately entertaining spin on the vampire genre. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid technical merits mated with an above average supplemental offering that takes a look behind the scenes. Only overs left alive
isn’t for everyone but if you appreciate offbeat indie flicks this one is right up your alley.
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